Corison 'Kronos' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California


Napa Valley, California

Cabernet Sauvignon

A warm spring, following one of the driest winters on record, set the stage for this vintage, with scraggly clusters of small, concentrated berries paving the way. The summer and ripening season were moderate, giving us the long, cool season I hope for. Violets! and tuberose perfume jump out of the glass and mingle with dusty, loamy earth, cassis, plum and bright cherry notes. Blackberries, black cherry, plum and blueberries play nicely in the flavors, buoyed by the characteristic Kronos mouth-coating viscosity. Top-notes of baking spices, peppermint, anise and hints of chocolate add further layers of interest. Soft, silky tannins contribute grip. This wine couldn’t come from any other place. – Cathy Corison

97pts - James Suckling
"Aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and flowers. Hints of dark chocolate. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a gorgeous berry-like, subtle, fruity finish. Tangy and citrusy acidity. Forest floor. One of the best Kronos ever. Old-vine glory."

95pts - Vinous
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos is another rich, surprisingly powerful wine. The 2014 exudes notable concentration and depth, but the tannins are so integrated that the wine is almost shockingly approachable for such a young Kronos. Dark red stone fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco add intrigue in this big, voluptuous wine, by Corison standards."

94pts - Wine & Spirits
"This classical cabernet grows at the vineyard behind Cathy Corison’s winery on the west side of Highway 29. It’s the rare cabernet vineyard from the 1970s (1971, in fact) that was planted on St. George rootstock and survived phylloxera, providing an opportunity to taste contemporary old-vine cabernet from one of Napa Valley’s coveted benchland sites. And it delivers: St. Helena may be one of the warmest spots in the valley, but these vines are rooted in cool earth, and they carry that coolness directly into the wine. It’s gently juicy with cherry-plum flavors, though the main impression is the suppleness of earthy tannins. Like the great cabernets of the 1970s, this should age with grace."

93pts - Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard is a fair click more expensive and is all Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its similarly ruby/purple color is followed by a bigger, richer wine that offers lots of currants, spice, blueberries, and roasted herb aromas and flavors. It's ripe, beautifully textured, elegant and balanced, with a mid-weight, yet concentrated, layered style. It should evolve nicely as well."

18pts - Jancis Robinson
"Very subtle purple fruit array on the nose. Sinewy but not at all skinny. Some violet cachou notes. Appetising. Made to make you want another mouthful? (This was the first wine I was tempted to swallow.) Super-clean but the opposite of showy. So neat. Briney. Something naval about this... "